In the beginning...
The early history surrounding the founding of what was to become OCESS is murky and unclear, due to the fact that it was long ago and many of the people involved are no longer in contact with Spacesim. From what is known, in the latter half of the 1987-88 school year, Mr. Terry Pritchett gathered a group of students interested in space, space simulations and topics related to it, such as computers, internet communication, robotics and such. It is believed that during this year, the details of the founding of the ISSS were organized and finalized. Even though there are known references of the existence of the proto-OCESS as well as the ISSS, no mission was believed to be held this year.
At the time, Terry Pritchett was part of a international movement to create the ISSS, which would use then cutting edge technology, such as emails, text transfer via internet, and computer simulations to provide an interactive educational platform that would teach not only space related topics but also all the things that are needed for the simulation to run. Because of the involvement of Mr. Prichett, Lisgar became one of the first schools involved in the project.
The year 1988 thus is the most commonly cited date for the founding of the club, and anniversaries of the club are held accordingly. The tenth anniversary was in 1998 and the twentieth in 2008.